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Jens Enevoldsen vs Alexander Alekhine
Buenos Aires (1939), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 11, Sep-13
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Milner-Barry Variation (E33)  ·  0-1
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Jun-04-04  rodrigochaves: this game is typical to alekhine, he attack in the both sides of the board
Nov-28-04  Knezh: Actually, typically Alekhine's style is usually defined as attacking the queenside first to create weaknesses and distract opponent's pieces and then rapidly swing the attack on to the kingside and go for the kill ...which is what we witnessed in this game.
Jun-04-07  Hyperionnn: 28-..c6!! is the key move here. Alekhine moves Queen to h4 and this is enough to win the game.
Oct-11-08
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  notyetagm: Black to play: 36 ... ?


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Here Alekhine (Black) uncorks one of my favorite tactical motifs, the <KING DELFECTION>, with 36 ... ♖a1-h1+!.

36 ... ♖a1-h1+!


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The tactical point is that the White h2-king is <OVERWORKED>, having to keep the Black h4-queen out of the h3-square and the Black a1-rook out of the h1-square. Hence the White h2-king is <OVERWORKED> having to <DEFEND> the two squares h3 and h1.

Jan-29-11  laskereshevsky: Alekhine never played stereotypes moves....

The use of the D7 square in the Opening/early middlegame is worth of study, and always delighted me... as the delay of the C8♗'s development till the very last...

Jan-29-11  laskereshevsky: Of course not to mention the use of the ♕!!.......

Mischa "lost" a lot of tempi and put the Queen in a looks like very useless position to create weakness in the opponent's field.....

IMHO this Ale's pearl its not inferior to others much more celebrated combinative games of his own

Jun-20-14
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  GrahamClayton: Interesting play by Alekhine - he makes four moves by his Queen in 14 moves, but the loss of tempo with these moves is more than compensated by the poor placement of the White knight on g2.
Nov-13-16  Ghizza: This is the last game included in the 1928 italian chess manual "Gli Scacchi" by Giuseppe Padulli (I own the 1960 reprint which includes some additional games compared to the first edition). The game is annotated by S. Rosselli Del Turco as an instance of how the traditional "conquer (or occupation) of the center" strategy should better be intended as "domination of the center". Indian openings like this serve as an example for this re-defined concept.
Nov-13-16  cunctatorg: To paraphrase <laskereshevsky> imo <this Alekhine's pearl is not inferior to other much more celebrated and widely known, universal (=positional + combinative) achievements of his own!!>

Well, what a thunder 36... Rh1! was and how much work before this move in order to prepare it!!...

Nov-13-16  izimbra: Stockfish's short summary of this game: White plays pretty accurately in the opening & actually builds up a decent advantage. Necessary for improving on that was <20.cxb5> after which White has long term pressure on Black's backward c-pawn, with a semi-open file and a Black knight on c5 that will eventually be exchanged or driven away. Missing that move, and allowing Black to play b4 basically equalizes the game...until White commits a hard-to-see losing blunder with <31.dxc6>...which Alekhine immediately spots and capitalizes on. Why is <31.dxc6> so terrible, losing the game? Prior to that move, Black's N on e7 is stuck with a good spot to go to and it is also blocking the Black Q from playing Qd8-Qh4. The self-sabotaging 31.dxc6 allows <31..Nxc6> which instantly fixes both of those problems for Black & opens up a bunch of attacking possibilities...too many for any White defense, since the White position is kind of airy. The N on c6 can go to d4 or e5...the Q can go to h4 via d8...e.g. <32.Nf5 Ne5 33.Kh3 Ncd3> <32.Nd5 Qd8 33.Kh3 Nd4> (trapping White's Q). <32.Nd5 Qd8 33.Be3 Ne5 34.Kg3 Mcd3> forking 2 rooks...The game continuation was easily good enough for Black win too, but there were lots of possibilities & no viable defense at that point.
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